by Kevin Allman
The security-cam footage of the crime went viral: a New Orleans Burger King employee opens the drive-up window, only to be confronted with a man in a snugly-fitting floral-print dress accessorized with a gun, who climbs through the window in search of the restaurant's loot:
The man, Darryl Robinson, was found guilty last month of robbing the BK and a nearby McDonald's while in drag, and today state district judge Julian Parker used Louisiana's habitual offender statute to deliver a whopper of a sentence: 247 years in prison.
Robinson's sentencing brings to an end a brief spate of cross-dressing Crescent City crime stories from 2008, the most notable of which was the gang of transvestites that invaded Magazine Street clothing shops in the summer of that year. At the time, Richard Webster of New Orleans CityBusiness earned the admiration of his journalistic peers when he crafted this sentence: "The transvestites first appeared in March when they raided Magazine Street like a marauding army of kleptomaniacal showgirls, said Davis, using clockwork precision and brute force to satisfy high-end boutique needs."